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Jane Blume April 24, 2015 14:52
We’ve told you how the maniacal trifecta of the American Legislative Exchange Council, Heritage Foundation, and Protect My Check are collaborating to take away the rights of workers in your cities and municipalities. Individual cities and towns in Kentucky appear to be the testing ground to pass harmful legislation like Right to Work. Eleven Kentucky counties have passed local Right to Work ordinances since last year, with Warren County the first in the nation to do so. In addition, Simps... [More]

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Categories: Labor Issues

Jane Blume April 23, 2015 10:45
Congress has made it easier for billionaires like the Koch Brothers to use their money to give secret money political groups. The House quietly passed legislation that would protect prominent donors from having to pay gift taxes on large donations. The legislation allows donors to give money while their identities are shielded and protected from harsh IRS scrutiny. The Koch Brothers, who spent big in the 2012 presidential elections to put their endorsed candidates in the White House and Congre... [More]

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Categories: Political

Jane Blume April 21, 2015 15:55
If we didn’t already know that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is the puppet of the Koch Brothers -- we know now after this week’s declaration. Charles and David Koch, the billionaire owners of Koch Industries who are single handedly trying to destroy American democracy, has declared Walker is their man for president. According to a New York Times report this week, David Koch told a crowd of supporters that Walker should be the conservative nominee for president. The IAFF has a sayi... [More]

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Categories: Political

Jane Blume April 14, 2015 16:17
T-Mobile is the latest technology and communications company to kick the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) to the curb. T-Mobile follows in the footsteps of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo and Yelp in leaving the organization. ALEC, a politically ultra-conservative non-profit, which thrives on operating in the shadows of American government pushing anti-worker, anti-union legislation in statehouses across the country, continues to feel the pressure and gain negative attention for... [More]

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Categories: Labor Issues

Elizabeth Harman April 13, 2015 14:30
A number of departments that submitted SAFER applications have contacted our office about award status. Review panels are scheduled for the first week of May; once panels conclude it is typically 2-3 months before the first awards are received.  Keep in mind that there are many rounds of awards - previous years had 25+ rounds of awards which required 10 months to fully disburse all the funding.  It is helpful to keep some important numbers in mind.  In Fiscal Year 2013: • FE... [More]

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Categories: Grants and Funding

Jim Brinkley March 24, 2015 14:30
For many people who want to eat healthy, beverages can sabotage their efforts. Making changes to your beverage choices could be the key to taking your health and well-being to the next level.   Instead of reaching for the coffee pot in the morning, try a cup of warm water with fresh lemon juice (about 2 tablespoons). This invigorating beverage supports liver detox. Coffee promotes blood sugar fluctuation and sugar cravings, while warm water with lemon leave you with fewer toxins in the ... [More]

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Categories: Health and Safety

Jane Blume March 23, 2015 14:41
Tennessee public employee unions are facing an extreme and ill-conceived attack on their rights. Senate Bill 123 attempts to void existing agreements between local governments and public unions. Tennessee is a Right to Work state and public employees there have  fought off numerous attempts to weaken the few rights they have. If this piece of legislation is passed it would irrevocably break the trust between the city and groups representing employees. It is also another blatant attack aga... [More]

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Categories: Collective Bargaining | Labor Issues | Legislation

Jane Blume March 9, 2015 10:44
U.S. House member Elijah Cummings (D-MD), whom IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger hailed as a true champion of workers’ rights, said the Republicans are conducting a relentless and blatant attack on unions. Cummings spoke to nearly 700 IAFF leaders at the 2015 IAFF Legislative Conference on March 9 in Washington, DC. A member of the House Oversight committee, he thanked the fire fighters for their service, disdaining praise from members by saying he was present because “this... [More]

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Categories: Political | 2015 Legislative Conference

larry petrick March 4, 2015 15:47
In parts of the West, wildfire season got an early start this winter leaving destruction and despair in its wake.  Wildfire season can’t be confined to the summer and early fall months anymore. For the past four decades, the season has gotten longer. This year in parts of southern California and northern Utah, communities saw its earliest outbreak of wildfires in January, due to an ongoing drought. Here are some tips you can share with your communities on how to make their homes and ... [More]

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Categories: Wildfire Fire Fighting

Jane Blume February 27, 2015 15:41
New Jersey unions knew this day would come when their spotlight-seeking governor would have to take responsibility for not fully funding the pension system. A Superior Court judge ruled in favor of public unions, finding Christie’s failure to make full payments to the pension system violated New Jersey’s state constitutional obligation to workers. This is a huge victory for workers who serve and protect the Garden State. Since Christie entered office, he has maligned and publicly a... [More]

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